This post is part of my ABCs of Homeschooling Through the Holidays series. To see all posts in the series, click here.
My kids love playing in the snow and making snowballs, but they are not big fan of the cold and wetness that comes with it.
Here’s a fun fine motor snowball activity that will keep them warm and dry and while working on some important skills.
- Small plastic storage container (this one is the next size up for a shoe box sized container)
- Cotton balls (picked these up a the Dollar Tree)
- Containers to hold the snowballs: I pulled a small individual sized milk jug and french’s fried onion container out of the recycle bin, removed the labels, and washed them for use in this bin.
- Learning Resources Helping Hands Fine Motor Tool Set (this is a 4 piece set the yellow squeezy tweezers and handy scoopers are pictured)
- Easy-Grip Safety Tweezers
These tools are great for developing fine-motor skills and strengthening hand and finger muscles needed for writing. This activity works on hand-eye coordination as well.
Fill container with cotton balls (white pom poms would work as well) and add a 1-2 containers to hold the snowballs. Add fine motor tools to the container and instruct the kids to use the tools to clean up all the snowballs by placing them in the designated containers.
These tools are a lot of fun, but for a long time we used a pair of kitchen tongs from the Dollar Tree and they worked great as well.
Kim, the mama behind The Resourceful Mama, is a medical social worker turned stay at home mom to three. Find a little bit of everything related to being a mom at The Resourceful Mama: fun and simple crafts and activities, parenting and homemaking tips, and a lot of holiday fun. You can keep up with The Resourceful Mama on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.